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Homemade Gifts

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Serena Piper Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

Last minute Christmas shopping can be stressful, but to save time and money, maybe consider a few homemade DIY gifts that will really make a meaningful holiday gift.

1. Candles

Homemade candles not only smell delicious, they are also a creative addition to any room in your house. You can find candle making kits at almost any craft shop, or you can use this recipe. You can even buy some scented oils to add to your candles. Cinnamon, pine, or even peppermint are the perfect holiday scents!

Homemade Candles

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2. Ornaments

A personalized touch to the tree is never a bad thing. You can make popsicle reindeer, spoon Santas and Mrs. Clauses, or my favorite, “Swirl-a-balls.” You can find all the supplies to make these inexpensive ornaments at a craft store. Homemade ornaments might be small gifts, but who doesn’t love something homemade?

Reindeer Christmas Ornaments

Photo © spoonful

3. Jewelry

Again, all the supplies you need to make a bracelet, necklace, or even a regular keychain can be found at a craft store. Find out your friend’s or a family member’s favorite color and you can find the corresponding beads to match! I like picking out funky beads with random shapes, animal faces, or even letters for initials. You can also buy beads to spell out a special phrase or inside joke. You also don’t have to buy regular old fishing line for jewelry – use cord, rope, or hemp!

DIY Craft Homemade Bracelet Jewelry

Photo © Sometimes Homemade

4. Photo Collage

Photo collages are a great way to show someone how much you appreciate them. Pick out your favorite photos together and you can either place them in a fancy frame with pre-cut shapes, or simply pick out the frame and add your own personal touches using scrapbook paper, pieces of dried flowers, or even twigs from the woods. Anything you add is sure to personalize it!

Happy Holidays Photo Collage Gift

Photo © 365loveideas

5. Dessert

Mmmm, something delicious to nibble on around the fire or at parties? How could a person say no? Do a bit of digging to find out their favorite guilty pleasure and surprise them with it! If you can’t figure out what to make, fudge and peppermint bark never disappoint!

DIY Homemade Fudge Gift

Photo © momswhothink

 

Will you be making homemade Christmas presents? What will you make? Let us know in the comments!

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3 Festive DIY Holiday Gift Ideas

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Darlene Megino Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

If you are on a budget this holiday season, maybe the best solution to holiday gifts this year is to do them yourself (DIY) and get creative! The best gifts aren’t about how much you’ve spent, but about how much thought and dedication you put into them. To start you off with some festive suggestions, here are three DIY gift ideas:

1. Mason Jars

Mason jar gifts have been very trendy this past year. All you need is some mason jars, decorative ribbon, and a bag of marshmallows and a box of hot chocolate mix that you can typically all find at the dollar store. Wash and dry the jars, then pour in a packet of the hot chocolate mix and fill it with the marshmallows and seal it. Use the ribbon to tie a bow, and you can even add a decorative card stock sign tag to make it extra festive! If you really want to get creative, you can add peppermint candy at the very top after filling it with marshmallows.

Happy Holidays Mason Jar Cocoa Mix Gifts

Photo © make it do

2. Personalized Mugs


Mugs are the greatest gifts you can give anyone since you can never have too many! For the holiday season, you can gift personalized mugs for your parents, family, or friends. They’ll absolutely love it because it was thoughtful and creative gift! Just look for a holiday styled or plain mug at the dollar store and some acrylic paint pens to draw or write whatever you can think of! Draw out the design on some scratch paper first if you need to think it out. You could also add some holiday candy like peppermints, M&M’s, or Andes mints for a bonus!

Christmas Holiday Mug of Cheer Personalized DIY Craft Gift

Photo © sparkandchemistry

3. “S’more Love”

Send S’more love your friends and family’s way with this fun gift idea! Make them a personalized mini-s’mores kit that they can all enjoy. Cut out even squares of cellophane wrap and place a stack of graham crackers in the center, followed by some Hershey’s chocolate, and then marshmallows. Wrap the s’more with a ribbon and a holiday gift tag for added personal touch.

S'more Love Holiday Gift Kit Idea

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Hope these fun and festive holiday gift ideas were helpful! Happy Holidays!

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Making The Most Of Your Winter Break

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In case you haven’t thought of what you can do this winter break, here are some fun and hopefully rewarding things you can do this to keep the boredom at bay.

1.  Go Outside

Yes, it’s cold outside, but that doesn’t mean you have to stay inside! If you live up north, like myself,f there will generally be a lot of snow. Sure, shoveling off the driveway isn’t always the ideal winter activity but snow can be just as much fun as it can be annoying. Snowball fights, making snowmen, building an igloo, or snowshoeing and enjoying the scenery are just a few ways to make the best of the snow.

Snowshoeing Outdoors

Photo © steamboatactivities

2.  Reach Your Fitness Goals

One of the biggest reasons people don’t practice good fitness is because they feel that they just don’t have enough time in the day. Well now you have all the time in the world, so what’s stopping you? Even if it’s miserable outside you can still exercise indoors. Go to a gym, get a Wii, or if you have your own treadmill and weights gathering dust, then go use them! One way I stay in shape is by ice skating. Ice skating is a fantastic workout for cardio especially. Five minutes of hard skating and you’ll be panting.

Wii Fitness Exercise

Photo © Giant Bomb

3. Read

Read those books you’ve been telling yourself you’d get around to eventually. There’s not many things better than sitting by a roaring fire with a good book and a winter beverage like egg nog or hot chocolate. If you do this once a day for an hour every day you might even make it through an entire trilogy; or at least one book of the Game of Thrones series. Though this activity isn’t the most social one, it’s nice to share the fire and the relaxation with one or two other readers.

Reading Book By The Fireplace Winter Break

Photo © kimadamsmorgan

4.  See A Movie

Winter break is the best time to go see a movie. Whether to go on a date, to go with friends/family, or even by your lonesome, a good movie night is usually the perfect end to a busy day full of winter activities.

Seeing A Movie In the Theaters

Photo © kotwg

5. Community Service

There is nothing more rewarding than putting in your time and effort to help those less fortunate than yourself. For many of us the winter is a time of holidays, family, and relaxation. But for others who can’t afford to heat their home, or who don’t even have a home, it is a time of hardship and struggle incomparable to any other time of the year. Lend a helping hand by volunteering at a food pantry, participating in Toys For Tots, donating warm clothes, and donating any food you can spare. No matter what you do, I can guarantee that you’ll feel great about what you’ve done and you might even make someone else’s holiday season.

Student Volunteering At Local Food Pantry Over Winter Break

Photo © Purdue University

Hopefully now you feel like you will have a busy winter break if you didn’t think so already.

What are you most looking forward to doing?

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10 Gifts Under $10

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Sylwia Baran Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

The holiday season is here and so the shopping begins. If you’re like me, you’re breaking your piggy bank right about now and using every penny you can find. It’s also a huge hassle figuring out what to buy for each person. To help keep your holiday spending low, I have come up with ten different gift ideas that are all under $10.

1. Fuzzy Socks

The holidays are all about getting cozy and what’s more cozy than fuzzy socks? Depending on who you’re shopping for, choose a pair that fits their personality.

Fuzzy Socks Holiday Gift

Photo © Abercrombie & Feast

2. Coffee Mug

Everyone drinks something hot, whether it be coffee, tea, or hot chocolate. There is an infinite variety of mugs out there that are cheap and you can find one that perfectly fits the person you’re shopping for. To supplement the mug, place a packet of hot cocoa inside before you wrap it.

Coffee Mug Holiday Gift

Photo © Top Dreamer

3. Used Novel

For a very personal gift, go to a used-books store and pick out your favorite novel. Write something personal on the inside cover for an added touch!

Used Novel Reading Book Gift

Photo © PhatCatVintage

4. Winter Hat

You can’t go wrong with a winter hat! You can go for a goofy monkey hat or a thick furry one, either way it’s always a big hit.

Winter Hat Gift

Photo © aliexpress

5. Homemade Cookies

If you can bake, bake a batch of holiday cookies, tie them up with a nice ribbon and give them out as gifts. They are a personal and tasty gift!

Homemade Cookies Gift

Photo © saveroomfordessert

6. Scented Candle

This is a perfect gift for moms or any female. You can buy a large holiday candle to accommodate the person’s favorite scent.

Red Scented Candle Gift

Photo © Ikea

7. Box of Chocolates

If you’re visiting someone for the Holidays, this is a great gift for the host. Who doesn’t like chocolate?

Box of Chocolates

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8. Gift Bag of Travel Minis

If you know someone who has travel plans coming up, get some travel-size goodies. Pick a variety of travel-size minis such as toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and lotion and throw them into a gift bag for your future traveler.

Travel Size Toiletries

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9. Gift Card

Pick up a $5 or $10 gift card to their favorite coffee shop, store, or restaurant. Sometimes the simplest and smallest gifts are the most appreciated.

Visa Gift Card Gift

Photo © FreeStuffWorld

10. Lend a Hand

Not all gifts have to be store-bought. You may know someone who needs help moving or your mom might need her driveway shoveled, either way doing someone a favor or lending a helping hand can be the best gift of all.

Shoveling Driveway Snow

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Do you have any holiday gift ideas you’d like to share? Tell us in a comment below!

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Creative Holiday Gifts

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Bailey Buckingham Blogger Biography

 

 

 

 

As everyone starts to shop for holiday gifts, it seems to always be the same headache as you try to decide what you should get everyone. Over the years, I have gotten a little bored with the normal gifts I’ve given, so I found a few ways to get creative with presents:

1. Make Something

When I say this, I don’t mean you have to be artistic or crafty, because those two things do not describe me at all. Last year for Christmas, I gave my dad a very personal gift. In October I called, e-mailed, and reached out to people on Facebook who were family and friends of my Dad. I asked them to write me their favorite memory of my dad. I got about fifty responses, and amazing stories, so I compiled all of them. I gave them to my dad in a book, and he loved it! ‘

Memory Book Gift

Photo © Etsy

2. Find Something Original

You don’t have to be original to find something original. There are websites, such as, Etsy.com. These websites have a million gifts that you can by that can be personalized, personal, or an inside joke. This will make it easy to warm anyone’s heart, without you having to touch a glue gun!

Mousepad Gift

Photo © NeedleNookCreations

3. Plan Something Amazing

Now, this one is going to depend on who the gift is for. For my husband, last year, I planned an amazing 24 hours for the both of us which consisted of beer sampling, a Lakers vs. Spurs game, and massages at our 4 Star hotel. My dad, however, I planned a full day for him and his wife at a resort and spa! Whoever you’re planning for, just plan it based on what that person loves. They will love you for it, and they will get a day feeling your appreciation!

Resort Package Gift

Photo © NewsFlash

Whether you want to make something yourself, buy something, or plan an amazing day for the ones you love, just remember, it’s always the thought that counts. As cliché as it sounds, every gift comes from love, and that is all that matters.

What are some creative gift ideas that you can think of or have done before?

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